Do you have kiddos that seem to have a hard time remembering content? Or maybe your text book is just not accessible to your student due to the reading level? Well, one option you might consider using are text sets. Text sets are collections of books by topic that can be used to support teaching in the content areas. Today, I thought I'd share teaching strategies that work well with materials that you likely have within your buildings right now.
This year's group is a little more "active" than in previous year! I have to be very intentional about the structure of my day, making sure I try to get my students up and moving and staying engaged! Whenever I see the wiggles starting (it spreads like wildfire) I get them up and moving with GoNoodle, of course! If you aren't a GoNoodler, you have to sign up for a free account!
Of course, I can't just have them GoNoodle all day, although that would be nice! I try to create lots of opportunities to move and groove while we learn throughout the day!
I start right away with our morning meeting! We meet on the carpet and do our morning greeting. This greeting is usually associated with moving to music, high-fiving friends, walking a path around the room, etc.
But obviously we need to teach the core subjects, right?
Children love to play games, so let them play! There are so many great ways to reinforce the concepts you are teaching in class. This can be in the shape of partner games, small group or whole class! Make it fun and they will learn! Some people might say I'm sneaky, but I think I'm just clever, creative, and brilliant...tricky, and a little sneaky!
PartnersHere's a quick and easy game to play with a deck of cards!
Go Fish for 10
All you need is a deck of cards with all the face cards removed (or they can be wild) Students take turns "fishing" for missing addends to make 10. For example, if a child has a 2, he/she asks their partner for an 8. This is a great way to reinforce sums to 10!
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Small groups are great for reinforcing concepts! I usually teach these myself or with a parent volunteer. Once my students are comfortable with the game, I move it to an independent center or early finisher choice! The key is engagement! If they enjoy the game and get to "play" with friends, they're engaged! Dice games, Roll and Cover, Write/Read/Add the Room are all great ways to get your students moving and/or keep them engaged in learning! One of my class favorites is using big dice! Is there anything better than oversized dice? Well, maybe mini-dice, but dice are AWESOME!
My students use these to roll a number and then fill in 10 more, 10 less, 1 more and 1 less! Great practice and this can be modified for partner play or small group. I have both small and large mats on hand depending on what the situation calls for. These cuties finished their work and are
working playing "Fill-it-in" in a group of 3! They are happily engaged in play...but they're practicing Common Core Standards and reinforcing important concepts! Win-win!
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Once in a while, you just have to get the entire class engaged! It's time to pull out SCOOT!
I hope you'll try out some of these freebies with your students! Add these to your toolbelt or when you just need to try something new and different! Changing up your normal centers and routines can increase student engagement right away!
05 February 2017 / Erin Beers from Mrs. Beers' Language Arts Classroom, Grading Tips, spelling
One thing that has been a blessing for me this year is the work we do with spellingcity.com If you have never utilized this FREE spelling and vocabulary tool, go there now and explore. I promise it will make your life easier and your school bag a whole lot lighter.
Indoor recess... It's as dreaded by teachers as it is students. They want to get out and play. We desperately need them to get the wiggles out so they can focus on learning. With the right indoor recess activities, you can have your students looking forward to indoor recess days instead of dreading them. Lucky for us, there are tons of indoor games and activities you can do right inside your classroom that will help your students let off some steam and be ready to learn again.
Do you teach Tall Tales?
One of my favorite ways to wrap up a tall tales unit is having students write their own tall tale and publishing their stories as TALL creations. I first discovered this incredible idea from Layers of Learning who provides wonderful resources for the activity in THIS blog post. Since then, I have seen many similar tall tale creations all around Pinterest. Therefore I am not sure who exactly to credit for this adorable activity!
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